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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by DrPhil » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:17 pm

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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by vinkie » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:35 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:I would take half a litre of liquid Phil.

Sometime in the walk you take a break and the no 2 guide brings out crackers, cheese and liquifruit - or they did on my walks.


Jip they did that last year too...nice have a short break in the Wild. 8)
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Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread post by krausimausi » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:53 am

Hi,

we will be in Kruger Nationalpark in Feb/March 2013 and drive from North to South when the roads are ok until then.
And we would like to go on a Morning Walk. Which Camp would you recommend for a Guided Walk?

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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:27 am

Hi there krausimausi

Firstly, I am really envious that you have this opportunity to go from North to South. It is our dream, but we never have time to do a trip like that.

We have done 11 or 12 walks over the years and we find the walks from Letaba to be the best of the walks we’ve taken. I am told that walks from Olifants are also brilliant, but we have not done one from there so cannot comment from personal experience.

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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread post by Sheenaugh-Lee » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:51 am

Morning LL

May I ask why you found Letaba to be your best walks?
I'm curious because of the lack of wildlife up north do you see more on foot than in vehicle?
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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread post by bert » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:29 am

I have done most of them
Because its summer the grass is high so the Satara area is the best for walking at this time of year imo
But they are all unique and special :thumbs_up:
Second on my list is Lower Sabie

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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:02 am

Hi Sheenaugh-Lee
Any walk out in the wild is great, however, we find its because of less game in that area that the walk is better (And I am assuming the same for Olifants)

When we have done the walk in “game rich areas” most of the walks seem to be in search of game. In all we have done it just seemed more like a chase for a sighting on foot with very little talking. I think on our last morning walk from Satara, we stopped a total of maybe 3 times to talk about whats around us.

From Letaba, because there is less game, the walks focus on the small things. We stop and talk about trees, plants, insects, animal tracks and dung. They are very interactive and the time just flies. The walk is over before you know it, and there is that feeling of “I don’t want this to be over” We have learned so much on these walks, and learning more every time we go out.

That said, we have been very lucky with game on walks in the Letaba area. On our first, 2 dugga males on foot. They gave us a mock charge then gave us that look that only buffalos can give. We’ve seen large male elephant from an elevated position of course, came up to within 15 – 20 meter from a white Rhino and baby, zebra, giraffes etc.

So, in our opinion, if time is an issue, we only chose the walks in Letaba. If we have more times we do more walks, but Letaba is always booked first.
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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:28 pm

I have only done 2 walks - both from Letaba, so I cannot comment on the best.

But I agree with LL. We walked about 7 km of each occasion and stopped often to look at things you would just drive past, and look at birds.

On one, we managed to get close to 3 white rhino before I scared them off, and the other, we walked through a herd of relaxed buff, after their curiosity was satisfied. We also got downwind of a big bull ele that didn't know we were there.

I also view it as an experience rather than to chase animals.

On both occasions the guides were excellent.
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Re: Morning Walk - Which Camp is best?

Unread post by leopard7 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:47 pm

I have done walks in many different camps and saw rhinos at Letaba as well as Olifants (northern part). But all the small things you see makes it interesting. It also depends on the Guide, what they are explaining about the bush, trees etc. Each walk is different and I enjoyed them all.
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by normana53 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:33 am

We have participated in bush walks from Satara, Mopani, Shingwedzi, Letaba and Lower Sabie.
All were amazing, some more so than others, but that is just the luck of the moment.
We have seen Lion and Rhino, been surrounded by a huge herd of Cape Buffalo and seen all kinds of other things big and small.
It is great fun to learn from the guides about insects and plants and just have to opportunity to be out in the bush, away from the roads and camps.
We always book a walk, and on our last holiday booked three.
SO and I were very fortunate to have been the only guests on two of the walks, so we got an extra special walk that might not have happened with a larger group.
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Re: Age limit for bush walks and game drives

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:51 am

The age limit for trails is also 12 years of age.
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Re: Age limit for bush walks and game drives

Unread post by Stephens.L » Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:41 pm

arks wrote:
Stephens.L wrote:It is important to note that there age limits in order for an individual to participate in Bush walks and Game drives. To participate in Game drives one should be over the age of 6 years. Children under the age of six are not allowed. To book for a Bush walk one should be between 13 - 65 years old. People who are over the age of 65 should produce a medical certificate from a doctor to prove that they are indeed fit to walk.

Is this age limit for walks new? Certainly when I did a walk a few years ago, no one asked me for a medical certificate :roll: I've even heard of older people using a cane being welcome on walks :whistle:


Hi Arks

The age limit for walks and game drives is not new, it has always been there. It is the responsibility of a guide to ensure that all the people on a walk/game drives are within the correct age limit. If they (guides) fail to comply and something happen, they will have to be held accountable. The reason for imposing age restriction is to ensure that guests are safe more than anything else.
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Re: Age limit for bush walks and game drives

Unread post by Waterbuck » Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:48 pm

Hi all - I fully respect and agree with the age limits. Nevertheless, I have had my bush-savvy (now 11 year old) daughter nag me for a bush walk since she was seven. Being a tall eleven year-old she is probably faster and fitter than I am and she just doesn't' understand that she still can't go one Kruger walks with me. Perhaps it would be nice to have something special for the kids in the high-season. Like a kids walk that just takes them around the camp fence and perhaps out of the front gate for a few minutes, just to get the "feel". Anyway - looking forward to 2014 when my daughter can join me :lol:
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Re: Age limit for bush walks and game drives

Unread post by Hugh » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:20 pm

We all want our children to experience the bush BUT We went on a wilderness trail and on the trail was a Dad and his son.. I am positive that the son was not the right age even though he was quite tall but its often diffcult to tell with boys He said he was in grade 6 !!He was well behaved but his immaturity showed when we approached some ellies and the one turned in out direction and flapped his ears . The guide said stay dead still but the youngster panicked and started to scream and wanted run away .. Well you have never seen a guide more quick to stop him . That little guy put the entire group in danger .
and about age My SO has been on three trails after the age of 65 But has carried a docs ceritficate everytime . though they have never asked for it . we were often fitter than the younger ones on the walks .
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Re: Info walks taken from camps.

Unread post by hop10000 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:10 pm

Can someone please tell me how to book a morning walk (or evening drive) in advance... I cannot seem to find it on the SANPARKS site - it must be there, but I seem to be going round in circles trying to find it..! ( I am going to Oilphants, Biyamati and Talamati). Many thanks in advance


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